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Jim Bow
01-24-2017, 02:46 PM
Dowtown Portland from the 12th floor of City Hall. Hundreds of crows in snow filled trees.
http://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/crows-2.jpg

skuthorp
01-24-2017, 02:47 PM
Great pic, thanks.

ron ll
01-24-2017, 02:49 PM
Looks like the Michael Graves building in the upper right? An iconic early post modern building.

Breakaway
01-24-2017, 05:58 PM
A murder in cold wood!


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StevenBauer
01-24-2017, 06:01 PM
That doesn't look like the neighborhood near city hall. ;)

SKIP KILPATRICK
01-24-2017, 06:21 PM
Thanks very cool photo. I love crows!

lupussonic
01-24-2017, 06:42 PM
I got to get me one of those ^...!

Amazing picture..

TomF
01-24-2017, 09:24 PM
Cool pic!

L.W. Baxter
01-24-2017, 09:29 PM
Brilliant photograph.

bobbys
01-24-2017, 09:55 PM
Crows chase off bald eagles around my house..

Last year they served some sort of weird justice and ganged up on one crow and killed it..

They kept dive bombing the wounded crow..

When I go outside I don't make eye contact with them.

Breakaway
01-24-2017, 09:59 PM
Crows chase off bald eagles around my house..

Last year they served some sort of weird justice and ganged up on one crow and killed it..

They kept dive bombing the wounded crow..

When I go outside I don't make eye contact with them.



Crows will mob raptors to protect their turf. Around here it's red tailed hawks and owls. Mortal enemies.

Kevin


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Jim Bow
01-24-2017, 10:34 PM
In the spirit of "An Exaltation of Larks," a large gathering of crows is called a "Murder."

PBS (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/a-murder-of-crows-crow-facts/5965/)
A "murder" is a small, localized flock. When several murders gather it's called a "parliament". I don't know why, but Redmond WA has been a meeting point. It's kinda scary, as I "The Birds".

Jim Bow
01-25-2017, 02:08 AM
I believe "Parliament" is used for owls, not crows.

That's what I get for watching TV. In "Victoria" on PBS, Lord Melbourne is watching a swarm of rooks (British crows) in some huge oaks. He tells Victoria that groups like this are called Parliament's.
You're right about owls.

bobbys
01-25-2017, 02:12 AM
"When I go outside I don't make eye contact with them."

As much as I despise your politics, sometimes you just make me LMAO!:D:D
A surreal scene!
.

I laughed at my own line there but it's true, I look down like Im walking in NYC past bums and hookers..

Well at least I thought there were hookers, why take chances.

Jim Mahan
01-25-2017, 08:41 AM
There are crows on my block all the time and sometimes there are a lot of them at once, but they roost somewhere else. They are fascinating. A crow expert online wrote that as a researcher, he and a partner doing surveys, his partner did something that pissed them off. From that day on whenever they were in that area the crows would attack him the same way they do a raptor. They would follow him to his car as he tried to escape, and then they would harrass him when they saw his car coming. They carry a grudge. They have good memories and they can put two and two together and divise a plan and even a tool to accomplish it.

We also have at least two species of hawk that nest here, as well as a lot of wetlands types that migrate.

http://i.imgur.com/lOv8uLw.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/8srd0My.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/4Yvlswa.jpg

pkrone
01-25-2017, 12:03 PM
I've never seen that many crows in one spot.

Apparently Portland is using hawks to try to scare them off.

Here's what they use to clean the sidewalks:

http://www.kxl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Poopmaster-6000.jpg

Can we get one of those for the bilge?

Jim Bow
01-25-2017, 12:12 PM
http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/british-columbia/canuck-crow-international-attention-1.3604632

Watch out for this guy:
https://i.cbc.ca/1.3600308.1464220798!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_780/canuck-the-crow-with-a-knife.jpg

paulf
01-25-2017, 12:35 PM
We get Ravens here, They are big and roughed up looking. At dusk thousands of them head into the mountains behind my house. Like Bobbys I just watch and hope they keep moving along.

They are extremely smart and hang in large groups back in the old growth.

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
01-25-2017, 12:41 PM
I believe "Parliament" is used for owls, not crows.

Sometimes used for crows in the UK.

http://www.britishbirdlovers.co.uk/articles/collective-nouns-for-birds

John of Phoenix
01-25-2017, 01:45 PM
We have a house in Sedona with a cliff side view. The crows' nest is half way down the cliff and the hawks' nest is in the trees at the top. They fight from dawn 'til dusk.

L.W. Baxter
01-29-2017, 06:19 PM
Fondling of tits


Dang, I need to set up a bird feeder.

paulf
01-29-2017, 11:26 PM
Dang, I need to set up a bird feeder.

I recommend you don't Google that!